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February 11, 2014

Region 3 shaping up to be very entertaining

If the latest Associated Press West Virginia Boys Basketball Poll is any indication, the race for Charleston out of Class AA’s Region 3 is going to be one to remember.

In the latest poll announced Monday, defending champion Bluefield (13-2) came in third, followed by Wyoming East (11-3) at fourth and Wyoming County rival Westside (11-3) at fifth. Just two of those teams will get a ticket to the eight-team Class AA bracket of the state tournament in Charleston.

Region 3 could also be an interesting one in Class AAA. South Charleston (14-1) was the highest-ranked team out of that region in this week’s poll, coming in No. 2. Woodrow Wilson (12-2) wasn’t far behind at No. 4. Those two teams will meet tonight at the South Charleston Community Center. The showdown, which also holds important value in the Mountain State Athletic Conference race, was snowed out on Monday.

Those two rivals aren’t the only ones in the mix in the region. Greenbrier East (12-4) was No. 6 in this week’s poll, and Capital (9-3) was No. 7. George Washington (11-4) moved into the poll this week, as well, coming in at No. 10. Only two of those five ranked teams will get to go to Charleston.

In Class A, two area teams made the top 10 this week. Greater Beckley Christian (10-4) jumped from fifth to fourth, while Valley (13-1) moved up two spots to No. 6. The Greyhounds even received one first-place vote.

Those two teams’ main competition out of Region 3, it appears, will be defending champion Tug Valley, which received enough votes to come in 13th this week.

Along with the Woodrow-South Charleston showdown, there will be several other intriguing games on the boys schedule this week. Greenbrier East will be looking to avenge an early loss when it travels to Westside on Wednesday. The big question in that one is the status of Wake Forest signee Rondale Watson, who missed last Friday’s game against Bluefield with a leg injury.

Westside will also have a chance to make a major statement Friday when it heads north to take on Class AA No. 1 and undefeated Robert C. Byrd. The Renegades will also play Fairmont Senior, which dropped out of the poll this week, on Saturday.

Facing one of the area’s most difficult schedules, head coach Nick Cook’s team already has wins over Greenbrier East, Bluefield and Greater Beckley and won one of three with Wyoming East. The Renegades still have Woodrow Wilson and Oak Hill, which beat Westside 72-63 on Jan. 17, on the schedule next week.

Greater Beckley will be at Tug Valley on Friday, looking to knock off the defending champ for the second time this season.

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The AP also released a new girls poll this week with Greenbrier East and Summers County coming in at No. 2 in their respective classes.

The Spartans (17-1) stayed in that spot, in back of No. 1 Parkersburg South (16-0), which handed East its only loss of the season, in the AAA poll, while Summers County (15-1) dropped out of the top spot in AA after a loss to PikeView (11-3), which jumped from No. 10 to No. 8 this week. Westside (12-2) was the other area team in the Class AA poll, coming in No. 3.

The lone area Class A team in this week’s poll is Pocahontas County (11-4), although Meadow Bridge received eight points to come in No. 11 and Fayetteville three points to rank No. 13.

Greenbrier East was supposed to play at No. 8 Logan Monday, but that game was canceled due to the weather. No makeup date has been announced. The Spartans will be at Class A No. 7 Charleston Catholic on Friday.

Summers County will play Class AA No. 10 Scott on Saturday and will be at Westside on Feb. 20. Westside will also play Scott this week, with that game scheduled for Wednesday at Scott. Pocahontas County will host Class A No. 10 Tygarts Valley on Thursday.

— E-mail: chuffman@ and follow on Twitter @CamHuffmanRH.

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